Bleak House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mr. Chadband is a habitual ___________.

2. What has become of the inheritance which is the issue of the Jarndyce lawsuit?

3. Esther is now being relentlessly pursued by ___________.

4. Mr. Snagsby, by trade, is ___________.

5. Tulkinghorn wants to find out ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Mr. Guppy's pursuit of Esther as he follows her around the city. How would this be viewed today?

2. How did Gerge get so embroiled in the plot of this story? What is his role?

3. Poor Guster, the Snagsbys' maid, is given to seizures. Why does Guster fit in so well with the Snagsbys?

4. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?

5. What purpose does it serve having Lady Dedlock take a shine to the lovely new maid, Rosa?

6. What is the purpose of the Ghost Walk?

7. What is the significance of the "beadle" arriving at Nemo's death scene if any? What is the beadle?

8. Discuss Krook's Rag and Bottle Shop? Is he a good businessman? Is there anything symbolic about the shop?

9. What is discovered at Krook's that may change the course of the Jarndyce suit, and how does it affect the main characters?

10. Discuss Mr. Gridley's role in the story, Bleak House. What is his relationship to Miss Flite?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Apparently, during Dickens' lifetime, women were still not considered equal to men. Using Bleak House as your basis of research, explore the status of women in the 1800s in England. What clues does this story provide (perhaps unintentionally) about how women were seen and treated?

Essay Topic 2

The Rouncewell family is in the iron business, Mr. Rouncewell being an "ironmaster." Research industrial progress in England in the 1850s, what had been accomplished by that time, and what was in the works. How did industry affect the country, in general, at that time?

Essay Topic 3

Write a well-researched essay on England's "work-houses" for the indigent. You should include how they came to be, what they offered, the conditions present, and whether anything like them exists today. If they were closed, when and why did this take place?

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